The $10,000 Cellar, Part One

Tipping the scales with $100 wines


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Giuseppe Mascarello

Mauro Mascarello Monprivato is legendary. I would guess that it is soon to pass the $100 a bottle mark, so make an effort to find some. Always a tough wine to decipher upon release, Monprivato tends to be thin, almost insipid at times, and pale in its youth, only to grow and expand in the bottle adding weight, power, depth and complexity with the passing years. By age 10, it begins to show its true self and by age 20, one can grasp the wine’s full potential. It often takes 25 years or more for the full glory of mature Monprivato to be revealed.

Tip: If you can’t find Mascarello Monprivato, consider his Barolo Villero. A sleeper of a wine that gets almost no play but can be fabulous in a very elegant, detailed way that is true to the Mascarello style.

Mascarello Barolo Monprivato $90

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  • Snooth User: JonDerry
    Hand of Snooth
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    Been waiting for the $100 and under Barolo rec's, also good to see some sub-$100 Northern Rhone suggestions...looking forward to installment II

    Apr 05, 2012 at 1:34 AM

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